IN THE LIGHT OF THE CORONA VIRUS
Because all churches are closed until further notice the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation is removed until further notice.
Please do heed the Government’s current guidelines and stay at home, except to buy food when essential. This will help protect yourself and the vulnerable in the community.
KEEPING IN TOUCH AS A COMMUNITY
Our webmaster, Mike, is doing a great job bringing all the church news to the website every day. Please keep looking at the site to learn what is happening, in the parish, diocese, and the wider world. There are many and varied services and provisions to keep us in touch with our faith and each other. We can offer strength to each other and have a chat and a laugh. We have numbers of parishioners who don’t use the internet, so please keep in touch with them—a chat will be especially welcome as well as passing on the news.
OTHER STREAMED MASSES
FEAST DAYS FOR HOLY WEEK
Mon 6 April - Monday of Holy Week
Tues 7 April - Tuesday of Holy Week
Wed 8 April - Wednesday of Holy Week
Thurs 9 April - Maundy Thursday
Fri 10 April - Good Friday
Sat 11 April - Holy Saturday
Sun 12 April - Easter Sunday
MARKING PALM SUNDAY
The priest will bless palms at the end his private Mass on Palm Sunday, however, these will be kept in church and distributed when the churches are reopened. In the light of us not having our own palms this year, a good idea is to put a green branch on our front door or in the window to mark this sacred day.
PRAYER FOR HOLY WEEK
On his path to Gethsemane, on the night of his arrest, Jesus left his disciples—his friends—with lasting words of wisdom and promise: “You will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I love you …. Abide in me as I abide in you.” (John 14:20 and 15:4) During these holy days, we will listen deeply to Christ’s wisdom as we follow the path of prayer, prayer that leads us to a quiet place of abiding with Christ and sends us out with a greater compassion for all creation.
"We pray, fast, and perform the works of mercy in this time of grace. So that the Lord might find our hearts ready and fill them with the victory of his love"
- Pope Francis
OUR FRANCISCAN SISTERS’ MESSAGE
Sister Patricia and all the Sisters at the Franciscan Convent send prayerful greetings to our Parishioners and our Priests. We are very aware of the challenges facing your families and elderly people at this time. Our own families contact us with requests for prayers. After spending our lives serving the poor and needy in many parts of the world, we feel blessed now to spend our retirement years in the Parish of the Good Samaritan. We keep you in our prayers daily Thank you to the Sisters for their love and kind words. We should remember them in our prayers.
MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS ABOUT RECONCILIATION
These words from the Holy Father should help us while the Sacrament is not currently available:
"I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’
Do what the catechism says. It’s very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He’s your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterwards I will go to confession'"
With no Sunday Masses at which to take a collection, please hang onto your envelopes until things go back to normal then you can kindly bring your envelopes and contributions. Thank you.
Please note that Christ the King has suspended Foodbank collection during the unfolding Coronavirus situation. We will not be taking any money donations either. Should you wish to do either of these, please take foodbank items to St Mary’s or St John’s church when open, and money donations to their Presbytery letterboxes marked ‘Foodbank’.
Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for groceries and other produce, so keep donating if you are able to do so. They welcome all non-perishable foods and oranges continue to be popular as they last a good while.
If you want to make a money donation here is the website: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank
🔔PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unfolding Coronavirus issue, Church will not be open for Masses, Services or even private prayer. The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation is removed until further notice.
Usually Sunday Masses 9:15am and 5:00pm
For other Masses please see the Latest Newsletter
9 Healey Ct, Burnley BB11 2QJ
NB please contact via St Mary's Presbytery: 01282 422 007
Our local school is Christ the King RC Primary School.
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A miscellany of photos, past and present, from the earliest days to the present (almost!)
All from Pixabay, with grateful thanks.